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Shannon Adams

New Providence, NJ
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  • Psmith Journalist

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Meet Psmith, with a silent 'P' as in psychic. A gallant, charming individual, Psmith has a gift for getting into awful scrapes, and when he takes over a gentile journal known as Cosy Moments with the aid of Billy Windsor, its sub-editor, he turns it into a radical publication...with alarming and hilarious results.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible quality

  • By Kevin on 03-14-08

Different is good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Yes, this is Wodehouse’s early work and yes it isn’t as hysterical as some of his later stuff, but as it captures in a sardonic way New York at the turn of last century, it is really great! Definitely not boring.

  • Time Jumpers

  • Five Kingdoms, Book 5
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 818

Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole's epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times best-selling "fanciful, action-packed adventure" series (Publishers Weekly), from the author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. Cole and his friends are pushed to the limit in this finale to the best-selling Five Kingdoms series. Will they finally be able to restore magic to the world of the Outskirts and find their way back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Talent

  • By Taunia on 06-27-18

Loved the bittersweet ending!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Mull is a bit too fond of the same phrases and words- I have never heard the word “tidy” so much- but it doesn’t matter. The imagination that created the places and characters is genius. Really gripping. And like all of the best sort of fantasy, the ideological dilemmas are well thought out and explored.
The ending is NOT totally happy- because like real life, the characters choose a path and take the consequences which are a mixed bag. But not depressing at all- just a little thought provoking.
Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Yes, it is an epic. Yes, it is long. WORTH IT!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I have a lot of friends who won't touch a book like this because "it is too long". As if we are on a race to finish the most books before we die. I personally prefer quality over quantity. I can't get the time back that I wasted on some of our current best sellers, new releases, etc. Sure, this book takes almost 50 hours to listen to, but I have listened to it twice over the last 2.5 years (I listen to a lot of audio books because I fold a lot of laundry and do a lot of dishes) and both times I felt bereft when it ended. Adventure, history, romance, fascinating ideological debates... there really isn't a wasted word here. Enjoy!

  • Shadow of the Moon

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
  • Length: 34 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

The author of The Far Pavilions returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj. Shadow of the Moon is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, who aches to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war that threatens to topple an empire, their tale is the saga of a desperate and unforgettable love that consumes all in its thrall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has always been a great story.

  • By Sian on 06-08-14

Not “The Far Pavilions”

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This was good- it kept my attention and I learned a lot about the war’s ebbs and flows after the famous Mutiny that Ashton Pelham Martin escapes in “The F. P.”, but Winter and her decisions, her love life, etc were never as gripping to me-the characters were less memorable. Worth the listen- once. Maybe I will listen again in a few years. But I have returned to “The Far Pavilions” five or six times in my life, and felt lonely when that book ended. Not so here.

  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are all the Poldark books

  • By Sharon on 12-11-16

Poldark Series 2

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I wonder what would have happened if Winston Graham had not taken such a long break in writing. The first part of the book feels like a recap of a previous novel, only there isn’t one. Demelza and Ross’s relationship is stable and content, which means the focus of these next novels will be on their children’s heartbreaks and hopes.
Still great historical writing, still captivating characters weighing values, actions, plans and judgments.
You will probably love it, but don’t expect this to be another Ross and Demelza novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Empty Grave

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 5
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 500

Five months after the events in The Creeping Shadow, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5-Star Finale for Lockwood & Co.

  • By Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More on 09-21-17

Young Adult Genius

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Love Jonathan Stroud- and the actress reading the book is marvelous. Satisfactory end to the series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jeeves in the Morning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 285

Bertie Wooster, the dimwitted aristocrat with a heart of gold, had best avoid Bumpleigh Hall, but he pays a visit and soon is embroiled in a host of calamitous mishaps. Uncle Percy accuses him of burning down a bungalow; "Stilton" Cheesewright, betrothed to Bertie's ex-fiancée, barely controls his jealous rage; and Boko and Nobby blackmail Bertie into donning Stilton's stolen police uniform. Fortunately, Bertie's imperturbable valet, Jeeves, is nearby to perform a rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasure to listen...

  • By Julia on 12-06-09

One of Wodehouse's best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-17

By the time he wrote this chapter in the lives of Jeeves and Wooster, their characters were well developed. In this book they make decisions that are believable yet a little more complex than we have seen before. Still laugh out loud funny, though. Classic!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed so hard I missed my exit.

  • By Andrew on 07-14-07

This one differs a bit from BBC production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Extremely satisfying if you like to laugh out loud while listening- I always found the BBC production of this particular Wodehouse a bit too slapstick at the end and come to find out- they put in their own ending! Liked the original better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: someone must hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline, and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. The inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Classic Bertie and Jeeves

  • By Paul Norwood on 02-04-13

LOL funny but audio quality fuzzy.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What did you love best about Right Ho, Jeeves?

Wodehouse's phrasing seems effortless but is really masterful. The characters and situation are particularly great- we have known them in other instances but everyone come together in one roof is riotous, often laugh-out-loud funny.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if Audible can adjust quality control on the original recording?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where Lilacs Still Bloom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education - and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early-twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book!

  • By Dana Southwick on 10-01-16

Made me want to find that 12 petal Lilac!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-17

I liked this book very much- truth rang in the chronicles of the tragedies and triumphs of real-person Hulda Klager- but when I tried to look up some of the breeds- especially the breed the author wrote was saved by seeds given away and returned after the last flood, they weren't available. Which takes some of the meaning out of the book. When you have to reassess a work and figure out what facts are true and what aren't- it is deflating. At least for me. I do not mind historical fiction that invents conversations The author could not have overheard, but when you are writing about a subject that continues to this day – as the Klager Lilac Days do- it would've been nice if the flower stories had remained intact.